Fibromyalgia is a complicated disease with many symptoms, and it affects each person differently. Cannabis is also a complicated medicine with different strains and cannabinoid compounds that act on the body in different ways. Saying that weed will help with fibro may or may not be true. If you are trying to treat chronic pain and you get a THC dominant strain, then it may not work at all. If you are trying to treat insomnia, then a THC dominant strain may have the opposite effect of making you sleep. For anyone with fibro that has tried weed one time and decided that it did not work for them, what strain did you use? Was it THC or CBD dominant? It is quite likely that the strain that you had was not optimum for the symptom you were trying to treat. So here is a Look at THC vs CBD for fibro symptoms, and a breakdown of the most common fibro symptoms with the best strains to treat them.
Before we get into the breakdown of symptoms and strains, here is a closer look at marijuana and cannabinoids.
As a side note: With the great increase in strains and hybrids, it may be more difficult to make broad generalizations, but we are somewhat forced to do so. Also, Cannabis has such a complex chemical composition with cannabinoids, terpenes, etc, and each acts differently on the body. Strain effects can vary from one crop or dispensary to the next.
Cannabinoids (THC vs CBD):
Cannabis has two major cannabinoids that are used to regulate what your body will feel. The plant actually has many more cannabinoids that can have benefits for many other purposes. Several whole plant hemp oils can be purchased that can give you access to those compounds without the psychoactive effects of cannabis. However, when you purchase Cannabis, most dispensaries will mark each strain with THC or CBD content. Here is a closer look at THC vs CBD.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a chemical found in marijuana. This is the compound that attaches to cannabinoid receptors in the body, and it is responsible for the euphoric “head high” feeling. Generally speaking, Higher THC usually means a more euphoric and head-heavy high. THC dominant strains are also responsible for an energetic feeling that can be as effective as caffeine.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is another cannabinoid and it reduces the “head high” (or psychoactive effects) of TCH by binding to the Cannabinoid receptors and blocking THC from binding with them. CBD is the chemical in weed that is responsible for fighting inflammation, muscle spasms, anxiety, depression, cancer, and oxidation. CBD is one of the most beneficial medicinal compounds in cannabis. Generally speaking, higher CBD means that your high will not be as “heady,” and will likely be more body focused. For fighting pain or insomnia, you want a strain with a higher CBD content.
(while higher CBD strains are great for pain, do not discount the benefit of THC for making pain easier to deal with.)
There are two varieties of Marijuana plants, and they are Sativa and Indica. The two are very different and they work on the body different ways.
Indica: Most Indica varieties have a higher CBD content that is much better for pain.
Sativa: Most sativa varieties are higher in THC and tend to be more head high.
Hybrid: These strains are a combination of the two, and they give the benefits of both. If you like a combination of THC and CBD to treat your symptoms, then a hybrid may be a good choice. Continue to next page…